Let’s be real, it’s not hard to find a restaurant or bar serving happy hour in D.C. But remember folks, not all happy hours are created equal. That’s why we pulled together this comprehensive round-up of the best District happy hours for you to take advantage of this spring. Whether you’re looking for a great patio or rooftop, delicious bites, or just a glass of wine, we’ve got you covered, so you can enjoy the happiest of hours.
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Head to 18th Street to sip bourbon on a patio, complete with string lights and space heaters. Take advantage of their daily drink specials such as $5 bourbon, $4 off craft cocktails, and $2 off all draft beer. Order a local cheese plate for $12 and sit back and relax. Happy hour is Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. See the deals here. 2321 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
MINTWOOD offers glasses of wine for $5, draft beer for $4, and a specialty cocktail for $8. Also on the menu are small plates, entrees, and desserts ranging from $4 to $12. The drink deals are great here, but what really makes this happy hour stand out is the large list of delicious bites offered and the cozy patio. Start off with warm olives or goat cheese broccolini and indulge in the rigatoni Bolognese. Enjoy happy hour from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Take a look at the full happy hour menu here. 1813 Columbus Road N.W., Washington, D.C.
Vinoteca has an amazing patio and bocce set-up that can’t be beat. There are 15 different wines offered for $5 a glass and Peroni drafts for $5 during happy hour. There are also select small plates at discounted prices. Happy hour is from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and is only served in the bar areas. Try the potato chips and garlic crème fraîche for $2 or the wheatberry risotto for $20. Check out the website and full menus here. 1940 11th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The trip to Bethesda is well worth it with these happy hour deals and gorgeous rooftop. Crave has $4, $5, and $6 drink deals that include draft beer, wine, mojitos, martinis, and more. There is a huge food menu as well that will leave you craving more. Crave has food deals ranging from $3 to $6 such as truffle parmesan fries, guacamole, flatbreads, sushi, and buffalo chicken sliders. Crave serves happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Take a look at the happy hour menu here. 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD.
Silver has an amazing happy hour—the drinks are strong and the food is delicious. There are $5 draft beers, $7 8-oz. wine pours, and house spirits for $6. Silver also serves various cocktails for $6 and $7. If that weren’t enough already, there is also an ample food menu. Silver offers mouthwatering goat cheese bruschetta, crispy Brussels sprouts, and sliders all ranging from $5 to $13. This is one of the Bitches favorite spots to get a good glass of wine and satisfying food outside of the busyness of the District. We promise you’ll go for the deals but stay for the great service and tasty meals. See the happy hour menu here. 7150 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD.
Art & Soul
Head to Art & Soul for a great happy hour and lovely patio seating. There are cocktails for $6, wine for $7, and draft beer for $6. Diversity is key here as they offer seven different types of wine to choose from during the happiest of hours. There is also a robust food menu which includes calamari for $12 and fried green pickled tomatoes for $5. Art & Soul serves happy hour from Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. See the full menu and happy hour deals here. 415 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
Sonoma has happy hour in a great spot with an adorable patio. There are $5 draft beers and $6 select wines. You can also find seasonal bar bites that will only set you back $9 for three, $14 for five, and $19 for seven. These food specials change daily, which is a great way to try everything on the menu. Sonoma serves happy hour from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Escape to wine country here. 223 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Lavagna also offers a fantastic happy hour with a dog-friendly patio. Served in the upstairs bar only, you can find $4 draft beer, $7 craft cocktails, and wine for 25 percent off by the glass. Go for the deals and stay for dinner. Enjoy bruschetta for $9 or make your own cheese board. Don’t miss the handmade pasta, like the spaghetti Bolognese for $17 or bacon risotto for $18. Lavagna serves happy hour from Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Go on a Tuesday and get a half-priced bottle of wine with dinner. Find the menu here. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Boqueria is conveniently located in Dupont and has great sangria which makes it a solid spot for happy hour. You’ll find draft beer for $4, wine for $7, a daily cocktail for $8, sangria for $5, and much more. Select snacks from a large tapas menu with dishes such as tortilla, patatas bravas, and churros. I can’t think of a better way to spend my night than with sangria and tapas relaxing on a patio in the heart of D.C. Boqueria serves happy hour daily from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Check out the menu here. 1837 M St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Do Bitches like billiards? Yes, we do! If you’re in the mood for bar games, bar food, and sports then head to Buffalo Billiards Monday through Friday for happy hour. Buffalo Billiards offers $4 beer, $5.50 wine, and $5.50 rail drinks. There are also $6 chips and guacamole, mozzarella sticks, and more. So grab a drink and a pool table and settle in for good deals and comfort food. Happy hour is served from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. See their the deals here. 1330 19th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Lauriol Plaza is throwing a rooftop happy hour from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Yes, 10 p.m. Margaritas and beer go for $3.99 and half pitchers of margaritas cost $11.95. The rooftop happy hour takes place Monday through Thursday. Regular happy hour is served from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. from Sunday through Friday. The best part about Lauriol Plaza is the rooftop. So head there on a gorgeous night and take in the views of Dupont. Take a look at the menu here. 1835 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Get a head start on happy hour with Central’s brasserie bites available for $6-$12 in the bar and lounge only from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Try the sliders, onion bacon tart, or prosciutto tart. Taste the two premium cocktails for $8 each, glasses of wine for $8, or draft beer for just $5. Sip on champagne and then stay awhile for their stellar dinner menu featuring fabulous fried chicken, mussels, and gougeres. Check out the menu here. 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.
Grillfish has so many deals that it’s almost impossible to list them all here. There are rail drinks, beer, and wine for $5, as well as other drink deals ranging from $3.50 to $15. There are specials every night of the week, so make sure to check out the menu for the daily deal. On Margarita Mondays (Bitches love alliteration), they serve funky margaritas for $3.50 and fish tacos for $2. For Sip and Slide Tuesdays there are citrus pear martinis for $9 and oyster sliders for $6. Happy hour is served daily at the bar from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. See the rest of the deals here. 1200 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Teddy & The Bully Bar
There are great deals at this presidential-themed restaurant and bar with a gorgeous patio as well. There are craft cocktails for $8 -$9 as well as spirits for $5. Draft beer goes for $5 and wine is $8 a glass. The bar bites sound delicious and range from $2 to $14. Happy hour food specials are served Monday through Sunday and include mac & cheese, oysters, truffle fries, and much more for all under $7 each. Teddy & The Bully Bar serves happy hour at the bar from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. from Monday to Sunday. See the happy hour menu here. 1200 19th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
El Centro D.F.
I am a big fan of El Centro’s margaritas. They’re fresh and strong and the bartenders really know what they’re doing. El Centro serves margaritas, agua frescas, wine, and beer for just $5. They also have select bites to choose from all under $8. El Centro serves happy hour from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Check out the full happy hour menu here. 1218 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
ENO Wine Bar
ENO has special deals almost everyday of the week, but every Sunday through Thursday they have happy hour from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. where they offer $5 wine on tap. On Mondays from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. you can take advantage of the buy-one-get-one free glass of wine, or a wine flight. Tuesdays is college night and ENO offers $5 wine on tap, $5 beer, and $7 grilled cheese from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. Like live music? Every Thursday there is a performance from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. ENO also serves amazing bites and nibbles, such as cheese boards and bruschetta flights for $12. Take a look at the deals here. 2810 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Maxime is a hidden gem on M Street that offers a great and satisfying happy hour. There are draft beers ranging from $3 to $8 that you can enjoy at the bar from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The best deal is the half-priced mussel pots for $9. There are four different flavors and they come with fresh, warm baked bread straight from the oven as well as tasty French fries. For $9 you get the entrée-sized portion which is more than enough for two to three people to share for dinner. There are also happy hour bites for $5. Maxime serves happy hour Monday through Friday. Look at the deals here. 2915 M St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
I had a blast at Argonaut’s Science Trivia Night, and I don’t even like science. This dive bar offers a casual and rustic atmosphere with great specials, as well as fun activities perfect for date night or after work. Argonaut has a different theme every night of the week from trivia night, to half-priced burgers, to poker night. The regular happy hour from Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. can’t be beat. There are $3 select glasses of wine, $10 select bottles of wine, $4 draft pours, and $3 rail drinks. See the great deals and special nights here. 1433 H St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
DC Harvest is a Bitch-approved locale that offers fresh farm-to-table food and the happy hour is no different. There are drafts of beer and glasses of wine for $5 and the cocktails are $6-$8. DC Harvest offers some yummy bar bites as well starting at $3. Enjoy a Farmstead cheese plate, oysters, lamb sliders, or bacon and blue cheese “doughnuts.” See the deals here. 517 H St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
B Too serves happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wine, bubbles, and beer are only $5. Bar bites start at $7. The full charcuterie board is $20. Spend your Sunday at this 14th Street fixture and enjoy happy hour until 10 p.m. Check out the full menu here. 1324 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Happy hour is from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and offers menu items priced from $3 to $7. The bites include truffle fries (which I can never pass up), edamame, Brussels sprouts, and Buffalo chicken mac & cheese. Oh, did I mention the tacos, nachos, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and pizza for all under $7. Unbeatable. The drinks are all under $7 and include beer, wine, bubbly, and cocktails. Go on Tuesdays and get all draft beer for $2. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on the patio. Check out the deals here. 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Check out Tico for the $6 cocktails and $5 wine and beer. The tacos are $4 each and there are also small plates for $5-$8. Order the calamari, Tico fries, and rosé sangria and you’re in for a great night. Check it out here. 1926 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Chaplin has a gorgeous patio complete with string lights, a garden, and awesome happy hour deals. The draft cocktails, beer, and wine by the glass are all half-priced. Happy hour is from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. from Monday through Thursday. On Friday through Sunday, the happy hour is from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. making this a great weekend destination. See the full happy hour menu here. 1501 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Eat The Rich
If you’re in the mood for oysters, then head to Eat The Rich for a “locals only” happy hour. Here you’ll find $1 oysters and constantly changing drink specials. Usually, they offer highballs, such as a gin and tonic, for $7, $11 classic cocktails, and $9 wine. They also have awesome pitchers and oyster shooters. Happy hour is from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. from Tuesday until Friday. They also have a great late night! Find the deals here. 1839 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
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